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Pre War / sloper rebuilder wanted
« on: 18 April, 2024, 20:00:30 »
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Greetings
 My son has an unfinished Sloper that he is finding it impossible to finish because of other commitments. Therefore he is looking for someone with Sloper experience to do the job for him. All of the major engineering is done both ends, rebore, piston has been respun to original sizw and shape etc and the engine is rebuilt and in the frame. Not sure about the gearbox but I think so. Mag done etc  Frame and wheels etc all sorted, but a fair bit wants doing. Small parts are perhaps missing.

This is possibly an ideal project for someone who would like to do a rebuild but doesnt have the time or the money to buy one. Obviously he is going to pay all the costs.

Bike is currently at Haywatrds Heath but that is not a problem.

Anyone interested would like to PM me and I'll set up communication with him. Distance is not a problem

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: Tax Disc
« on: 18 March, 2024, 16:00:16 »
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1962 I got about 7.00 per week. But I think then you could tax for 3 or 4 months at a time. So I could afford it most of the time. I seem to recall that I taxed for 3 months then missed a month then repeated. I must have been seriously younger. I think I had a 350 Ariel

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Hi.

Without doubt first step---Get the BSA dating Certificate. That will tell you if the vehicle has ever been exported therefore whether you need a NOVA Cert(Easy to get :), theres lots of previous advice on this site.

To obtain the dating cert you will need to contact the dating officer. He will send to you a questionaire. Fill in said and return it with ALL the requested info and relevant pics.

Dating Officer will send you a dating cert, the relevant DVLA form, and a fools guide to filling in the form. Do EXACTLY what the guide says and send it to DVLA.

If you do it around easter when the world is full of miracles it may go through first time, Probably before they finally issue your registration, they will want the bike inspected. In general terms this is just for the serial No's to be verified and recorded. You will ????? hopefully receive a V5 within a week or so.

There are lots of possible anomallies and downright screw ups in the process. I seriously believe it depends on the experience and diligence of whomsoever's desk it lands on. For me--easiest WDM20 boxabits, straight through. Most difficult---Rebuilt A65 properly imported with NOVA from HMRC. DVLA wanted the original South African veh docs. But even then only a quick sensible letter to explain the situation was sufficient. Yes its a b--l ache at the time.

As for type, I rely on the forum dating notes and if they say my frame No was a Thunderbolt, thats what I call it for insurance etc.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: Torqueing cylinder nuts
« on: 05 March, 2024, 21:37:38 »
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I now religeously use a totque wrench. I'm not sure why this is so as for many many years I never knew they existed. I dont recall ever having a problem.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: OPRV expiry date
« on: 05 March, 2024, 21:30:59 »
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 :)Honestly, never even thought about it

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: A 65 Kick Start Assembly
« on: 24 January, 2024, 10:49:19 »
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I use a very similar method. except.I put the washer firmly in place then put a jubilee clip on the shaft to hold the washer in place. Then use the cord. Wear a glove because the cord can bite. remove the clip--job done. NORMALLY its a two minute job.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: wassel carb on a65
« on: 23 January, 2024, 14:11:29 »
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One of the problems as I see it is that we dont appear to be able to contact Wassell direct. The only recourse is to go through the daelers and that is a bit hit and miss. I bought a concentric which was simply junk and the dealer has never really accepted responsibility. So I went to Amal. At the time about 50 more expensive. Tenner a year over 5 years etc. So to me its defo become the way to go. Of course it helps that I can just pop in to Amal and speak over the counter. Enjoy.

I am now down to one unfinished A65(I'm not going to get it finished) then thats me. But I shall continue to read here and enjoy your journeys with you.

Mike  8) 8) 8) 8)

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The Star and Garter / Re: Another bit off BSA but maybe of interest
« on: 23 January, 2024, 13:52:23 »
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Chaz

Yes with no luck.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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The Star and Garter / Re: Another bit off BSA but maybe of interest
« on: 18 January, 2024, 12:15:09 »
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Piston weights----At this stage dont know.

Have spoken to westwood, and others. Always a possibility. But trying to get International part first.

Thanks for input.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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The Star and Garter / Re: Another bit off BSA but maybe of interest
« on: 14 January, 2024, 16:41:02 »
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Hi Chaz.

Thanks for that, perhaps I wasn't completely clear but we only need to change one liner. Only one is damaged. hus the Q. Had it been all four then not a prob.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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The Star and Garter / Another bit off BSA but maybe of interest
« on: 12 January, 2024, 13:43:00 »
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Greetigs, once again as said this is not specific BSA but may be of overall interest. As previous post so not going to repeat too much.

I have an old dry lined international 4 cyclinder engine that has been full of water and one liner is pitted beyond rescue.  The proper replacement liners are not available because the later engines had slightly larger bored liners

The newer liners are about 1/16" ID larger, and the new pistons are Aluminium rather than cast iron. So we have a greater displacement and a lighter piston. Essentially its max revs about 1200 and the comp ratio is about 5.5:1. These points would not change.

I wonder what the general thoughts are about fitting the later liner whether it would be radically different and whether it would completely unbalance the engine and cause catastrophic failure. If it had 5 main bearings I would just go for it.

In truth I am inclined to do it but thought I would run it by you all to garner opinion and wisdom. So your thoughts please.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: Cylinder linings
« on: 03 January, 2024, 13:38:37 »
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I have had several jobs done at T&L. No complaints. Yes they do a postal service.

Happy New Year. However remember.

The New Year only brings January. From here on its up to you.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: Cylinder linings
« on: 22 December, 2023, 10:08:40 »
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Did you buy stock linings or have them made. Just for interest did you need to put them in the freezer prior to fitting or was it a good interference fit.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: Motorcycle lifts again
« on: 16 December, 2023, 16:17:58 »
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I am about to put mine for sale.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Twins / Re: A50 Fork seals
« on: 14 December, 2023, 11:27:35 »
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You could probably do that but I think it would cause a lot of grief. especilly replacing the circlips (unless 've missed something here) I certainly wouldn't try it.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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